You are a planning bride. You are buying all the books. You are subscribing to the best magazines. You are constantly on your computer looking at the top wedding blogs. Pinning has become your second job. Your wedding coordinator is on speed dial. You are a planning bride!! We wanted to give you something that we feel is so helpful: advice from our fabulous featured couples. They have walked down the aisle, they have said 'we do', and they have partied like crazy at their reception. Then, when all the craziness calmed and they returned from their honeymoons, they whispered to us their 'best advice' ... and we're passing it on to you :) Today we have chosen to share the advice from Katrina, Melissa, and Alana. Tune in next week for the next 3 brides who will share their wedding day tips!
From Katrina and Jim:
Try to not stress out too much, which seems impossible. Remember why you are getting married, and try to make it truly be an event about and for the both of you. Have faith in your vendors and photographer, and trust that they will do their job well! And once it's happening, just go with it. One of my favorite memories is calling to my dad after he walked me to the dock to meet Jim because he had my vows in his jacket pocket! Everyone laughed, and so did I.
Even though our event was teeny tiny, it still flew by. Remember to take a few minutes alone with your husband or wife. I'm so happy that our photographer Stacey suggested that we walk ahead of her while she snapped pics, which ended up being a really sweet time for us as brand newlyweds!
My biggest piece of advice would be to remember what they day is all about. It's easy to get caught up in the planning and what other people expect of your wedding day to be like, but the best weddings are the ones that reflect the couple and their love for each other. During your ceremony, look out at all of your guests and take it all in, they are there to witness and share in your love and have been in your lives for a reason.
Also, write a small number on the back of your response cards and write down which number went to which guest. This seems time consuming, but you wouldn't believe how many people send back response cards without their names on them!
Our favorite part of the day was the few minutes that we were able to be alone after saying “I do” and relish in being Mr. and Mrs. It was an emotional, private moment, that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We encourage all couples to schedule in their timeline a private moment after the ceremony. The day goes by so fast and it is nearly impossible to get a moment alone with one another. I would have never thought about scheduling this time had the Ebell not suggested it, and we are both extremely thankful that we did.